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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

Fulton County Fire: Residents with disabilities should have fire safety plan

Fulton County Fire: Residents with disabilities should have fire safety plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- According to data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) there are approximately 45,000 adults in Fulton County living with self-care difficulty or independent living difficulty. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) encourages residents with disabilities to understand their risk and to follow a fire safety checklist to help protect themselves and their homes from fire.

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“We encourage our residents to have a sound fire safety and escape plan,” said Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “It is vitally important to make and practice escape plans.”

Police looking for credit union robbery suspects

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police are looking for three suspects accused of robbing an Atlanta branch of Navy Federal Credit Union.

It happened at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of Briarcliff Road.

More information will become available as this story develops.

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial begins

ATLANTA -- Jury selection began Monday for a dozen defendants in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial.

The teachers and administrators have been indicted on mobster-like charges, including racketeering and theft by taking. Prosecutors say they cheated students and pocketed big bonuses.

Four hundred potential jurors have been called. Jury selection is expected to take two to three weeks. The trial itself could last as long as eight months and may be one of the most expensive in state history, with six prosecutors and 12 defense attorneys, hundreds of witnesses and a million documents.

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Kinship Care Program seeks volunteer tutors

Kinship Care Program seeks volunteer tutors

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Kinship Care Program needs volunteers to provide homework assistance weekly for elementary, middle and high school students enrolled in the program. Currently, the program is seeking qualified volunteer tutors to provide weekly homework assistance. 

The homework assistance initiative serves about 20 participants, all of whom reside in Fulton County, and attend school within the Atlanta Public School District or Fulton County School District. The academic subjects targeted will be math, science, and reading.

Tutors can utilize library resources such as computers and books to provide further assistance. Homework Assistance sessions will be held from 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the East Point Library meeting room. The East Point Library is located at 2757 Main Street.

SweetWater redesigns bottles, starts bottle conditioning

ATLANTA -- SweetWater Brewing Co.'s bottles are getting new curves and a new job.

The Atlanta-based brewery will release this week redesigned glass bottles and will now use a new bottle conditioning process for its beers.

The new bottle, made by Owens-Illinois Inc., features an original design complemented by bottle neck labels. (pictured on the right). The SweetWater logo is embossed twice on the shoulder of the bottle. Additionally, the brewery's motto – "Don't Float the Mainstream"– is molded in the lower label panel, creating a visual boundary supporting the paper label. The package takes cues from a traditional Belgian bottle profile, but adds to it by incorporating a water wave pattern to the new bulbous neck, giving the bottle a signature look while also connecting the brand to the water that is so vital to the brewery.

Fulton County Fire Rescue warns teens not to take fire challenge

Fulton County Fire Rescue warns teens not to take fire challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Teenagers around the country are doing serious harm to themselves when they take the “fire challenge”. The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department wants teenagers and parents to be aware of the serious consequences of the fire challenge.

The fire challenge started on-line as a stunt to get people to set themselves on fire. "Fire challenge" videos have been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube.

“You would think that we would not have to warn people about setting themselves on fire,” states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to know that and remember that fire is nothing to play with. What you think will be a small spark, could turn into an uncontrollable blaze.”